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Puzzle (2018)

R | | Drama | 7 September 2018 (UK)
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Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

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Marc Turtletaub

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Polly Mann (screenplay by), Oren Moverman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Macdonald ... Agnes
David Denman ... Louie
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Ronnie (as Daniel Sherman)
Austin Abrams ... Gabe
Bubba Weiler ... Ziggy
Helen Coxe ... Ezster (as Helen Piper Coxe)
Mandela Bellamy ... Grocery Clerk
Liv Hewson ... Nicki
Lori Hammel ... Fanny
Lawrence Arancio Lawrence Arancio ... Train Conductor
Sebastian Chacon ... Puzzlemania Clerk
Barry Godin ... Father Kutash
Irrfan Khan ... Robert
Matthew Shifrin Matthew Shifrin ... Subway Singer
Myrna Cabello ... Maria
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Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Quebra-Cabeça See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$61,214, 29 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,032,018, 22 November 2018
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In the birthday cake scene, when Agnes is putting the candles in the cake she's putting them near the edge of the cake. When the cake is presented with the candles lit, they're in a smaller circle closer to the centre of the cake. See more »

Quotes

Louie: She's using you. Everybody always uses you and you let 'em.
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Remake of Puzzle (2009) See more »

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Ave Maria
Performed by Esther Chung
Written by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Hyung Ki Chung
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Kelly Macdonald shines in this drama played in a minor key
21 June 2018 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This low-key drama has Kelly MacDonald as a timid housewife who goes through a form of self-discovery when she discovers she has a skill in completing jigsaw puzzles.

The main strength of this one is probably in the acting of MacDonald whose character is consistently a little bit strange, yet identifiable. The entire story is from her perspective so the drama does sort of hinge on her performance and it is very good. She is supported well by the others, with Irrfan Khan best as a fellow puzzle maker she hooks up with and develops feelings for. The film is essentially a family drama, with MacDonald as a taken-for-granted housewife who goes through the process of realising that her voice is never heard and building up the confidence to more fully be her own person. Unlike other films about people with unusual competitive skills such as Populaire (2012) (fast typing), there is next to no focus on the competitive nature of the puzzle building; so, there is sadly no montage sequence depicting MacDonald and Khan developing their puzzle-based friendship via a few set-backs, some jigsaw-based comedy antics and ultimately some top-level puzzle solving action. Its not that kind of a film. The puzzle aspect sits in the background and acts as a springboard for all the drama that surrounds it. A good film overall.


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